“Am I the only one that feels like this?”
“Do other people talk to you about this kind of stuff?”
“This is super embarrassing, but…”
“I know this isn’t normal.”
“Literally no one gets it.”
I’ve heard the above statements and questions over, and over, and over in the therapy room, especially when I am working with teenagers. In their world, they’re the only one with this experience, this struggle, this thought, this worry, this insecurity. This perception leads to feelings of isolation, loneliness, low self-esteem, and hopelessness.
Conversations like these contributed to my inspiration to integrate Group Therapy into our practice. As I sat with a teen (and another, and another, and another…) and explored the possibility that they are not all alone in their thoughts, I often considered how impactful it would be to sit with other teens to show they’re not alone, to create a space of community, hope, healing, and authentic connection.
That’s exactly the environment and support I am creating in my upcoming group, Grow – Teen Group.
We will be covering a variety of topics within this semi-structured 8 week group, including identifying and processing stressors, providing and receiving peer support, and learning strategies to address challenges. We will create the opportunity for corrective relational experiences, to face insecurities, anxieties, or self-doubts, to practice self-compassion, to observe the relationship between thoughts, feelings and the stories we tell ourselves, how to break the downward spirals of depression and anxiety, and how to be brave enough to make changes.
Working from a place of compassion, authenticity, and strengths, Grow – Teen Group will reduce feelings of isolation, hopelessness, stress, and shame. After completing this group, teens will find themselves naturally building upon their strengths, implementing new skills and strategies, removing themselves from unhealthy relationships, self-advocating, and exploring new possibilities.
You may learn more about this upcoming group here. To be considered for this group, contact Courtney MorganCourtney Morgan, LPCA at 502-791-5036 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or our wonderful intake team at 502-709-0410.